|UNESCO #348 - Old Town of Ávila - SPAIN|
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Ávila - SPAIN - UNESCO #348
A friend of mine went to Spain on a big field tip with her students and guess what I asked her to do? Send me some postcards, of course! Today I've got two that came incredibly fast, this one showing the amazing walls of the town of Ávila (a place that I spot from the road every time I go to Madrid but didn't visit yet... really must go there one day). Thank you very much Ana for remembering me. This postcard took 3 days to arrive!
Founded in the 11th century to protect the Spanish territories from the Moors, this 'City of Saints and Stones', the birthplace of St Teresa and the burial place of the Grand Inquisitor Torquemada, has kept its medieval austerity. This purity of form can still be seen in the Gothic cathedral and the fortifications which, with their 82 semicircular towers and nine gates, are the most complete in Spain.